Hazel Technologies Inc. announces a new partnership with Specialty Crop Co., a fig grower and producer of pistachios, almonds, pomegranates, citrus, kiwi and persimmons.
Hazel Technologies has formed a partnership with Specialty Crop Co., a fig grower and producer of pistachios, almonds and more. Specialty Crop will incorporate Hazel Technologies’ products, such as its sachets (left), into its supply chain.
According to Specialty Crop estimates, in the next five years the fresh fig market will grow by 60 percent. This expansion in the category can be attributed to quality advancements that extend shelf-life across long distance transit. Increased applications include use of fresh figs in health-based functional foods, inspiration for chefs and foodservice operators with menus that have sweet and savory Mediterranean ingredients and growing popularity with foodie influencers.
Specialty Crop Co. ships California-grown figs globally and prides itself on improving the packaging and distribution process, lengthening the growing season and cultivating new varieties. Annually, California produces 10 to 12 million pounds of fresh figs with Specialty Crop farming more than 4,000 fig acres. The Specialty Crop Company farms more than 10,000 acres overall across all farming operations and grows almost every variety on the market, ranging from category leaders like Black Mission to novelty Tiger figs.
Left: Erik Herman, Specialty Crop Co.; right: Aidan Mouat, Hazel Technologies.
One persistent challenge with shipping figs long distances is the extremely high level of perishability. “We are excited to incorporate Hazel Technologies’ products into our supply chain to protect our diverse and delicate fig varieties,” said Erik Herman of Specialty Crop Co. “Hazel Tech sachets are easy to use and allow us to reach our customers with higher quality fruit across both global and domestic markets.”
“At Hazel Tech we see figs as a key category to make a global impact,” said Aidan Mouat, CEO of Hazel Technologies. “The demand shift from dried to fresh, expanding distribution capabilities and an innovative strategy amongst Specialty Crop and other growers toward trialing new technologies all bring us one step closer to achieving our mission to provide holistic supply chain solutions for the fresh food industry.”